CeBIT Open Source Project Lounge - Deepamehta

Deepamehta - Knowledge Management


Deepamehta is among the 15 projects that will present their work at CeBIT, offering a Java-written platform for knowledge management.

Indian elephant stands firm for Deepamehta

Short and sweet: How would you describe your project in one or two sentences?

DeepaMehta is a Java-written software platform for knowledge management, with which collective knowledge is represented in a semantic network. DeepaMehta is a nonprofit organization that combines interdisciplinary research with Open Source to generate a true benefit for workflow and social processes alike.

When did the project begin?

The project has existed since early 2000, the nonprofit organization since November 2008.

How many active members does the project have?

The core team currently consists of 17 contributors, of which 11 are developers. The number of active users and supporters is considerably larger and is steadily growing.

How did the project come into being?

Out of a contract project during the knowledge management hype of 2000.

Why should a CeBIT visitor come to your booth?

DeepaMehta is not only software that invites users to think about their own concepts and how to graphically represent them in an easy and intuitive way. DeepaMehta is also an association whose members love to philosophize with like-minded and not like-minded people about technology, civil society and the world.

Who do you make your software for?

The DeepaMehta software in its current state is primarily intended for knowledge work, in schools and research as well as science and art. Its vision is to replace today's application-centric desktop with a more content-centric one and thereby to be useful for all. The DeepaMehta organization is open to anyone who can envision a different world.

Where do you see your biggest current challenge?

The DeepaMehta software has a solid, stable base. For its future success a more widely supportive community would be desired. The DeepaMehta association is still young and currently needs some financial infusion to put its association work on solid ground.

If you could hire a full-time project developer now, what problem should he or she be ready to solve?

There are dozens of interesting features we would like to add. More importantly we would like more actively to support and grow the community. Thus we would more likely want to hire a "community manager" than a developer.

Under which license is the software currently offered?


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